Book Reviews

Open Book: Selections From a ‘Saint’

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:47
“A Grace Paley Reader” contains some of her acclaimed stories, a selection of poems and several essays that show a different side of the writer.
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In Fredrik Backman's 'Beartown,' hockey rules

USAToday Books - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:04

A new novel from the author of the sleeper Swedish hit 'A Man Called Ove.'

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The Long View: The Man to Blame for Our Culture of Fame

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:00
His name was Walter Winchell, and he presided over Table 50 of the Stork Club, temple of a new cult of celebrity, in mid-20th-century Manhattan.
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Critic’s Take: Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:00
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” explains how creative writing seminars can work against people who don’t come from the mainstream.
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Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:08
In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.
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'Incendiary' is an explosive look at New York City bomb case

USAToday Books - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:59

In the 1950s, a "mad bomber" terrorized Gothamites and eluded police.

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'Dreaming the Beatles': We love them yeah, yeah, yeah!

USAToday Books - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:54

You didn't need to live through the '60s to worship The Beatles, Rob Sheffield writes.

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Sheryl Sandberg: 'I felt like a ghost' after husband's death

USAToday Books - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:07

The Facebook COO has co-written a new book, 'Option B,' about facing devastating loss.

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'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' author Robert Pirsig dies at 88

USAToday Books - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:23

The 1974 book became a cultural touchstone after more than 100 publishers turned it down.

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Famous novelist turned down by over 100 publishers dies

USAToday Books - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 07:22

It was a novel that made history after it was turned down by more than 100 publishers. Robert Pirsig, author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” has died. He was 88-years-old. Aaron Dickens reports.

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Match Book: In Search of New Memoirs That Go Light on Catastrophe

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:50
A reader (and writer) of memoirs notes that dysfunction and disease haunt the genre. What can he read that’s trauma-free?
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Fiction: A Brilliant, Incendiary Joan of Arc Story for a Ravaged Earth

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00
In Lidia Yuknavitch’s novel “The Book of Joan,” a space colony of survivors orbits a post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Nonfiction: The Truth Is Out There, and the Feds Paid to Find It

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 04:00
In “Phenomena,” Annie Jacobsen explores the government’s research into things that go bump in the night.
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Nonfiction: What Caused the Depression? A New Overview Spreads the Blame.

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 18:52
Charles R. Morris’s “A Rabble of Dead Money” looks beyond Wall Street to the global roots of the Great Depression.
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6 ways that 'Big Brother' technology in 'The Circle' is already happening

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:42

The new drama warns us about the future — but it's already here.

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Strout is back to brilliant form in 'Anything Is Possible'

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:55

This collection of linked stories may remind readers of Strout's 'Olive Kitteridge.'

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Nonfiction: The Hermit-Burglar and the Optimistic Journalist

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:42
Michael Finkel’s “The Stranger in the Woods” introduces readers to an unlikely young hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years.
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In 'Secrets,' Caitlyn Jenner reveals what Kris knew about gender transition

USAToday Books - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:25

New memoir has revelations about the K-troop, including the world’s most famous momager.

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Nonfiction: How Harvard Business School Has Reshaped American Capitalism

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 04:00
Duff McDonald’s “The Golden Passport” questions whether Harvard Business School is responsible for the global financial crash.
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Before the Mafia, there was the terrifying 'Black Hand'

USAToday Books - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 13:04

Book is a history of crime organization, and Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in movie.

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